Emergency Services

EMT and First Responder
The EMT and First Responder programs are presented in conjunction with St. James Hospitals and Health Centers, where you’ll learn from Illinois Department of Public Health lead instructors. These individuals have passed a 40-hour course in teaching EMT and have at least three years of experience as both instructors and professionals in the field. Upon completion of the certificate program students are eligible to take the Illinois State or National Certification Exam.

Emergency Medical Technician Certificate
The EMT program provides students with the knowledge and skill needed to handle the critically ill and injured in a pre-hospital care environment. Areas covered include cardiac arrests, fractures, injuries, and childbirth. Students are prepared for the certification exam, which requires them to be at least 18 years of age. 

Emergency Medical Technician Program Outcomes
National Certification Exam Outcomes
2017 - 75.9%
2016 - 78.8%
2015 - 75%
Illinois State Exam Outcomes: 2017 = 88.9% (this was the first year graduates took this exam)

EMT Program Completion
Completion Rate: 2018 - 78.8%,  2017 - 80.3%,  2016- 77.6%

First Responder Certificate
This program trains citizens, fire fighters, police officers and others to respond to emergency situations in the home, community, or workplace. Students will obtain CPR certification upon successful completion of this course. 

Degrees and Certificates
View the curriculum for each program in the current Academic Catalog. You can also access the entire catalog online. An archive of previous catalogs and addenda is also available.

Please visit Career Programs and Transfer Degrees, where you will find information describing the requirements needed to complete a degree or certificate.

A listing of course descriptions is available in the current Academic Catalog. For a listing of when courses are offered, consult the current course schedule or WebAdvisor.

Marie Hansel

Interim Dean of Allied Health and Emergency Services


PSC offers open admission that encourages diversity and admits all high school graduates or the equivalent.
Here’s how to start your college career at PSC:

  • Provide a high school diploma or GED.
  • Take the placement test or submit a copy of ACT or SAT scores.
  • Meet with an advisor from Counseling and Advising to select courses. For questions, contact an academic advisor at (708) 709-3506.
Please note: This program has special admissions requirements. Contact Enrollment Services to obtain a copy of the Surgical Technology Information and Application Procedures Booklet or download a copy at prairiestate.edu

EMT Certificate
Program requirements: EMS 101 Emergency Medical Technician 7 credit hours

In Prairie State College’s (PSC) Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program, students acquire the knowledge and skills to handle the critically ill and injured in emergency situations. Students receive a combination of clinical experience and classroom instruction at PSC and St. James Hospital. This seven credit hour course prepares students to take the Illinois State or national certification exam to obtain a license to work on an ambulance crew or in an emergency room.

  • Prairie State College location: Room L-118
  • Clinical location: St. James Hospital
  • The Chicago Heights campus is located at Route 30 and Chicago Road. You may park in the parking garage or in a free lot located east of the garage.
  • The Olympia Fields campus is located at Crawford Avenue and 203rd Street. You may park in the visitor’s parking lot.

Your instructor will distribute a packet to all students the first day of class outlining course requirements and regulations.

Due to the nature of the profession you are about to enter, there are some additional requirements that must be completed:

Immunization Records – Due one month after the first day of class. You will be required to obtain a Tuberculosis (PPD) test. This can be obtained at no cost to you from the South Suburban TB Clinic, located at 162nd and Halsted Street. You are also required to provide proof of immunization for Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR). A Personal Health Form is attached.
National Exam Fee : $80, Illinois State Exam Fee : $20
Stethoscope: Available for purchase at Prairie State College bookstore.
For more information, contact Carol Fawcett, dean of allied health and emergency services at cfawcett@prairiestate.edu or (708) 709-2947.

Resources for Physical Exams, Immunizations, and Tests 

Please note: you are not required to use these resources

St. James Hospital
(708) 756-1000
Ask for the Occupational Health Department. Tell them you are Prairie State College EMT student. Your school ID is required. Reduced fees, based upon the services you need, are offered to students

Riverside Corporate Health Services in Monee
25711 S. Egyptian Trail, Monee, IL 60449
(708) 534-7523

  • Healthcare service being offered to Prairie State College Healthcare Students Titers vaccines - $25.00 (Rubella,
  • Rubeola, MMR, Varicella Zoster)
    • One Step TB - $21.00
    • Two Step TB - $37.00
    • Basic Physical - $36.00
    • 10 panel Drug screen - $35.00

Walk in, no appointment needed
Monday – Friday : 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Saturday : 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday : 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Prices are good for the current school year.

Sunny Hill TB Clinic
501 Ella Ave., Joliet, IL 60433
(815) 740-4420
Free TB screening for Will County residents. Free chest x-ray for Will County residents with doctor’s order. Walk-ins accepted. No Appointment needed.

  • Doctors’ appointments and lab test may take some time, so please start as soon as possible so that you do not miss the first day of clinicals.
  • Prices and hours are subject to change.